Kojak (1973–1978)
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Bad Dude 

A hit man from Detroit is in town and Kojak races the clock to find the intended victim before it's too late.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Capt. Frank McNeil
Det. Bobby Crocker
Det. Stavros
Salathiel Harms (as Rosey Grier)
'Shotgun Willie' Baine
Roger Robinson ...
Gil Weaver
Dee Timberlake ...
Dellia May
DeForest Covan ...
Vince Conti ...
Det. Rizzo
Mark Russell ...
Det. Saperstein


Crocker responds to a shotgun blast. He finds a "body" under a blanket, but it turns out to be a watermelon with an Afro wig on it. Kojak suspects a Detroit hit man called Shotgun Willie and soon realizes Willie is being pursued by a big, bad dude from California (Salathiel Harms). A Harlem mob boss called Silk is supposed to have put out a contract, but Kojak is always one step behind Harms. Is Harms a criminal or a "righteous dude"? Kojak must find out! Written by jeaneva

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25 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


A shot of a card Kojak's shows the number to the San Francisco Police Dept. Unlike the normal practice of using fake 555 numbers, this one is real and is still in use (but not by the S.F. Police). It's possible it was the actual Police Dept. phone number in 1976. See more »

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The Large PI from California
6 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Roosevelt Grier makes the first of two appearances as private detective Salathiel Harms in from the West Coast on a skip trace. The problem is that the subject of his search Bill Duke is knowing that Grier is after him and he's imported Charles Weldon, a hit-man from Detroit who likes a shotgun as his weapon of elimination.

The Manhattan South Squad gets involved when Kevin Dobson just happens on the scene with a date and hears shots fired and finds three pillows, a watermelon and an Afro wig in bed where Grier should be. It's an example of Grier's sense of humor and you got to love a man with a sense of humor. Crocker gets razzed, but later on he returns the razzing on Stavros and Saperstein when they get had by Grier.

A character this good you know had to make a return appearance and Grier brings Salathiel Harms back to Manhattan South and Kojak's jurisdiction. Obviously Grier was shopping this character as a pilot and too bad he didn't get a series with this character.

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